Hildenbrand stresses need for GOP to unite behind Rauner
Tanya Hildenbrand doesn’t mince words when it comes to the need for Republican voters to come together behind Gov. Bruce Rauner if they hope to preserve Illinois as they know it.
“For the good of the state of Illinois, moderates and conservatives need to come together to fight against a socialist Democrat wrapped under the cloak of being a moderate,” Hildenbrand, who is running for the state Senate in the 57th District against Democrat Christopher Belt after knocking off Bob Romanik in the GOP primary, told the Metro East Sun. “I find J.B. Pritzker's position to raise taxes on hard working citizens of Illinois to be disingenuous since he's been shielding millions of dollars of his money in offshore accounts to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.”
Even with the stakes being so high, some have wondered if enough GOP voters are lined up to rally behind Rauner in November’s general election given his bitter and narrow primary win over Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).
After dismissing Ives as a “fringe candidate” throughout his campaign, Rauner squeezed by with just 51.6 percent of the vote in the March 20 primary, setting the stage for his battle against Pritzker.
“The GOP primary was intense, however, there are many times where primaries appear to divide the different parties but in November the clear choice for all Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents is Gov. Rauner,” Hildenbrand said.
“I'm running for office to make a difference and my ability to bring about change and help turn Illinois around will be difficult if J.B. Pritzker and (House Speaker) Mike Madigan (D-Chicago)are in power,” Hildenbrand said. “Democratic policies have gotten this state into the mess it's in and people from both parties and independents are frustrated. I hope we see a tidal wave of red in November.”
As for her own campaign, Hildenbrand, a veteran of the U.S. military, recently told the Metro Sun she believes her disciplined nature will go a long way in helping the state get back on track.